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The garden commemorates James Drummond who was the first Government Botanist in Western Australia. 

James Drummond was an avid botanist and plant collector. He was curator at Ireland’s Cork Botanical Gardens from 1809, before migrating to Australia in 1829. Drummond worked as the Western Australian Government’s naturalist. He was also appointed superintendent of the government gardens. He went on numerous expeditions across Western Australia where he collected thousands of seed and plant for export to England. Today his plant specimens are found in herbaria across the world. He named several of Western Australia’s native species and 119 specimens have been names after him.

The plaque inscription states that he was born in Hawthornden, Scotland but in actual fact he was born in Inverarity, Angus, Scotland.


Address:Duke Street, Reservoir Lookout, Toodyay, 6566
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.557222
Long: 116.469444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th September, 1973
Front Inscription

This memorial garden commemorates James Drummond, `Senior`


A pioneer farmer of this District
1836 - 1863

Born at Hawthornden Scotland 1784
Arrived at Swan River Colony 16th June, 1829
Died at Hawthornden, Toodyay 26th March, 1863

Officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Mr. Ernest Lee-Steere C.B.E. Lord Mayor, City of Perth on 29th September 1973



Source: MA, NRUM, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au